Diversity Festival 2020


Working with

Zoe’s Dance & Fitness


Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA)

we have brought you a short video to teach you the dance sensation of last year Jerusalema

Whilst the weather is dreary and you are locked down get practicing as a family and posting the #movingrotherham an initiative to support keeping people active

Post your videos on social media

Challenge others to do it

Bring some sunshine 🌞

Whilst having fun keeping active

This project was funded by Yorkshire Sport & COVID-19 response fund from Big Lotteries.

More to come soon under this project watch this space and check out the link how to learn the dance and Diversity Festivals Facebook for new updates https://www.facebook.com/RothDivFest

New Bollywood Dance classes available on zoom, get practicing for next year!

Check out the Festival Xtra content in the menu.

Pom Pom Competition Time! – Minx

Create a Pom Pom Creature competition.

Tai Chi with Jo Mailer

Jo Mailer gets us moving and ready fo the day with this Tai Chi workshop and demonstration.


Sangeet Choir part 1

Hamko Manki Shakti Dena – a prayer calling for strength.



Mme Zucchini & her Amazing Vegetables!

How to make a Vegetable Avatar of your own AND a Vegetable Fairy Tale starring a very naughty Wolf.


Jonno Jackson part 1

Music from Jonno Jackson


Create a Handmade Paper Bowl with Angie Hardwick
Young Yemeni Dancers
Amina – Poetry Workshop

Amina, aLiverpool based spoken work artist, leads us through a poetry workshop.


On the BBC

Life Act – Perfect Day
Ace in the Hand

A Short Story of The Blues.


Artworks – Response Drawing Workshop

Artworks South Yorkshire presents a Mark Making – Response Drawing workshop.


RAD – Rotherham African Drums

We take the classic world instrument, the djembe, and makes it accessible for everyone. The simplicity of this lovely, portable instrument and the satisfaction of the sounds you can make with it means that anyone can enjoy playing!

As a result we have a huge range of people involved with RAD. We have a group for adults with learning and other disabilities, we run two community groups for all ages and abilities and we also have an advanced group who are developing practice to a higher level.




A young girl confronts her bullies with the help of her horse. | Trigga

Jonno Jackson part 2

Music from Jonno Jackson


Bookbinding with Shelagh McCarthy

Shelagh McCarthy leads us through an introduction to bookbinding workshop.

You will need: Paper, Scissors, Thread, Bone Folder (or similar) and A bulldog clip


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If you have a pause from the Diversity Festival celebrations please could you take a moment to fill in our Audience Survey.

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The information helps in securing funding for future celebrations.

Thank you for you time.

Fitness – Naveen Judah

Join in if you can!

A poem by Keith Stringer

Keith presents a poem about his father.

Keith is a volunteer with AgeUK.


Young Minds Together part 1
Sense – Bollywood Dancing

Join in with our Bollywood dancing.

We will also be running some Bollywood Dance workshops over zoom soon, details at the end of the video.

Funded by Yorkshire Sport

Rotherham Pride – JD Music Song-writing Workshop

Enjoy the song-writing workshop by JD Music, don’t forget to check out the social media links for more content!

instagram @music_by_jd

youtube channel JD Music

Facebook: @musicbyjd

Young Minds Together part 2

These dances are by Young Minds Together lead by Tongesayi Gumbo.

Massive thank you to the young people who took time to learn the dances from diverse communities to create one or two dance moves for diversity festival.

We would like to wish everyone a great day at the virtual diversity Festival. Thank you.


Sensory Bags

How to make a sensory bag using laminating pouches, hair straighteners and all sorts of bits and bobs to put inside.


Henna Demo
Sangeet Choir part 2

A lockdown video of Five Hundred Miles that everyone has recorded on their own at home.



Bollywood Dancing

During lockdown there was a competition for professionals working in care homes to showcase how they have been entertaining service users and keeping them upbeat. Jubilee house in Barnsley is a service for people with learning disabilities and communication impairments. We decided to enter the competition with a Bollywood performance, the professional were all taught a performance which was videoed and uploaded on tik tok. This performance was also voted the best and won the competition from all the Elysium sites.

Hope you all enjoy the performance and please join in.

Amina – Performance

Following her workshop earlier in the day Amina performs a poetry set.


On the BBC

Rotherham Pride – Khalysis

Khalysis are sisters from Hartlepool who perform, write and
produce all their own tracks. They had a number 4 in the UK charts and number
1 in trending charts on MTV with their charity single a few years ago.
They’ve also featured on Vodafone’s website as ‘Ones to watch’.

“We’re proud supporters of LGBT+ community and have performed at various pride
festivals all over the UK.”

Khalysis headlined Virtual Rotherham Pride 2020.

Rotherham Pride






Keep Doing Good – Hate Crime Awareness Video

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust – RUCST

Did you know Hate Crime is Illegal? This week, one of our #KeepDoingGood teams have challenged our local communities to raise awareness and speak up about Hate Crime. #Wecancreatechange #KDG


English Paper Piecing
Life Act Poetry

Members of Life Act read poetry about each other.

Poetry is written by Stephen Reed, Terry Boyle and Jonathan Toogood.



Music + Love Band



Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to make this possible.